Within the next few weeks, we will witness the opening of the long awaited cafe annex in the old Sunset restaurant space next door to the Co-op store. It will likely be a soft gradual opening with assorted outfitting, decor refinement and landscaping projects carrying on all the while. But soon enough the Cortes community will have a comfortable welcoming venue in Manson's Landing for lounging, socializing and dining on quality natural and organic fare that will be open everyday. It will feature a stage for music and art performance nights, sitting areas along with dining tables and counters, an espresso machine, juice bar and a deli case stocked with snacks, entrees, salads and desserts made both by our chef and food service manager, Kali Saltibus, and by enterprising local producers.
This endeavour has been pursued by the Cortes Natural Food Coop from a desire to serve and respond to what we perceived to be a significant community need. We didn't want to see the island go through another winter with nowhere open evenings and non-mail days. Thanks to your loyal patronage and support, and because a few community members have 'given' to the Co-op in the form of large pre-purchase accounts, the Co-op store has been able to provide capital for start up costs including renovations and repairs of major structural problems.
But there is still more to accomplish.
We are currently reaching out to our membership and the community at large for loans in the form of pre-purchase accounts for the acquisition of needed kitchen equipment. This means that the money you invest in this project will serve as credit toward future purchases in the Co-op store. If you can help with significant pre-purchase investment or would like more information, please be in touch with Alex Hornby (alexcortescoop.ca) or Krista Ma (kristacortescoop.ca).
Other ways to help...
Similar to our founding years, cafe staffing will initially consist of volunteers to help keep costs low and establish a solid financial ground. If you're interested in volunteering for this worthwhile community enterprise, please be in touch with Kali (kalicortescoop.ca) asap.
And finally, we are gratefully accepting donations for decor, specifically throw pillows, cushions, and fabrics that have reds and burgundies and that may be Indian or Moroccon in style. Please connect with Kali or drop them off at the Co-op this month.
Thank you for all you are and do for community. Stay tuned for more updates.
*We need a name, folks! The contest is on – Dream up your best idea for the cafe's name and send it to elinorcortescoop.ca or place it in the box in the Co-op store before June 14. Winner will receive dinner for 2!-------------------------------------------------------------
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